This month’s special collection will be towards the building fund of Grace Reformed Church, Gambia. Around two years ago, we highlighted (here) the news about a church with the same name in West Africa. Below is an update on how things are there. We thank God that He continues to bless those who preach faithfully and seek to share the true Gospel message.
The congregation in Brikama, headed up by Pastor Konteh, continues to attract around 25-30 folk on a weekly basis. They continue to meet in very limited surroundings, as can be seen from the photos in the slideshow below. They have now started seriously looking for property in the centre of Brikama to build a permanent church, where they might be more public and be able to reach folk in a more effective way.
The church has also begun a nursery work with pre-school age children, which is run by Pastor Konteh’s wife, Johnette. This work has grown rapidly, with around 40 children coming at present. They too met in a small compound leased from a landlord, but recently had to move due to some noted hostility towards their faith. This is a reminder to us of just how fragile these works are. They have however, recently acquired land to build three classrooms to continue this work. This has been a real cause of joy amongst all supporting the work there.
Pastor Konteh has just completed his first year of theological training with the RPTS (Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, USA) with a view to being licensed by the RP church in Scotland upon the completion of his studies. He is supported in his training by voluntary donations and the congregation, for now, remain 'independent,' as it were.
He continues to run a Pastors fellowship, sharing what he is learning with others who wish to preach the ‘…full counsel of God.’ This work particularly is hugely encouraging.
If you'd like to support the work, donations can be made via our PayPal or on the last Sunday of June at the church (30th).
The June Bible study will take place this Friday, 14th June, at the church. The study will be about Isaiah 16, from the 'Life Change' study book.
All are very welcome and it will be followed by tea, coffee and some fine pieces!
The church's Home Missions Worker, Donald John Morrison, is due to be with us for a week of outreach and evangelism from the 16th to the 23rd September.
Donald will be going out to meet folk in the community and seek to make known to them that they are welcome at GRC and above all, make folk aware of the Gospel message. The 'Good News' magazine, we pray, will be received into many homes round and about the church.
Please remember this work in prayer as we seek to become a church known well amongst the local community.
Last Sunday (12th May) we gathered to wish one of our friends God's blessing as he moves back to familiar territory to take up a new job. After another lovely fellowship lunch, Kevin did the honours of cutting his farewell cake! We're thankful to God for fellowship and wish him well in his new venture.
A fellowship lunch will be held this Sunday after the morning service to say a 'cheerio' to one of our members who is moving away to take up a new job and the students going back home for the summer months.
We look forward to seeing you there.